Suffolk County Council is urged to ‘get a grip’ on highways maintenance in Bury St Edmunds

Councillor Mark Ereira is dismayed at the lack of action to fix cracks and holes in Rosbrook Close,

Councillor Mark Ereira is dismayed at the lack of action to fix cracks and holes in Rosbrook Close, Bury St Edmunds. - Credit: Mark Ereira

Suffolk County Council is once again being urged to “get its act together” over basic roads and footways maintenance in Bury St Edmunds - years after some issues were first raised.

Rosbrook Close, Bury St Edmunds.

Rosbrook Close, Bury St Edmunds. - Credit: Mark Ereira

Retired Westley Road resident Ed Smith got back in contact with the EADT as he was dismayed with the apparent lack of progress on tackling problems such as potholes - which he claimed still “plague” the town - and uneven pavements.

Mr Smith, 67, has once again called on the county council to get on top of basic maintenance in the western side of Bury following three years of reporting various issues.

Green county councillor Mark Ereira, who represents Bury’s Tower division, said he had contacted Suffolk County Council only on Friday to express his “dismay” that there are “still lots of instances” of the authority “just not getting its act together”.

He said: “Suffolk County Council is not working properly on an operational basis - it’s not just about austerity cuts - and we need managers at Suffolk County Council to get a grip and ensure basic maintenance is carried out.

“It was two years ago that I requested [cracks and holes in] Rosbrook Close be sorted. I asked the chief executive to intervene. Whilst much of the work required and as requested by me has been actioned, too much remains undone!”

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Mr Ereira posted pictures of the road surface in Rosbrook Close onto his Twitter account on Friday.

Mr Smith, who used to supply materials to the construction industry, said it was time to start “naming and shaming” departments.

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“Somewhere along the line someone has got to be accountable,” he said.

He feels the estates around the town get neglected, while the centre is prioritised because of the tourists.

Graham Newman, cabinet member for roads at Suffolk County Council, said: “I am sorry these issues have not been resolved. I will take up them up with the west area highways team, to find out which, if any, of this work has been ordered, and, if so, when it is scheduled to be completed.”

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